Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ladybug Ladybug

Ladybugs get amorous at Victoria Butterfly World.
Get a room, you two.
Seen recently at Butterfly World in Victoria...
Would this be considered an example of 'paradox'... or 'irony'?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Landlocked in Lantzville

A blue boat covered in green.
Blue boat, green trees...
Drive along the main drag through the barely-there community of Lantzville on Vancouver Island and you'll pass the 'drydocked' Benjamin Daniel peeking out from the trees growing over it and through it...

The official community motto of Lantzville is:
"Provide a high level of affordable services in an environmentally and economically sustainable fashion while managing growth of the Community and respecting the unique rural character and charm."
It sounds like a lofty mission statement until you realize that Lantzville only has a population of 4000 -- how hard could it be to 'manage growth'?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Elk Falls

Water spills over the Elk Falls near Campbell River.
Water surges and spills over Elk Falls.
Elk Falls are located just outside Campbell River, about 3 hours north-west of Victoria. Thanks to recent rains which flooded the upriver lake, BC Hydro decided to open the dam floodgates for a few weeks sending a deluge of water over the falls.

Lots of crowds came out to 'ooh' and 'aah' over the impressive vista...

Mist rolls off the water in the late afternoon.
The late-afternoon sun captures the mist over the water.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Shadow leaves

The 'shadows' of leaves created on damp sidewalks...
the memory dims
like autumn leaves that fall and
fade into amber
On a sidewalk in Parksville, autumn leaves lie adrift next to the dye from previously fallen leaves producing a transient work of art...

Fall leaves leave an impression...
Nature and urban environment combine to create art...



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Artist Ursula Funke

The very accommodating Ursula Funke...
A carved gourde... one of Ursula's creations...
Catching up on my stock of photos, this one was taken in September at Parksville's P-Art-y on the Block event. Resort Drive at one end of town was closed to allow a huge number of local artists to demonstrate and sell their wares.

The talent on display was mindboggling. Every conceivable form of art was on display. What was surprising was how inexpensive everything was.

This is artist Ursula Funke -- I wanted to give her a special shoutout. She turns gourdes into art, carefully carving and shaving intricate patterns into them and then dying them a variety of colours.

We bought this particular gourd. It was priced at $55. We were digging around our pockets, purse and wallet for the cash, had $45 in hand and were still looking for the rest, when she graciously offered to take the lower amount instead.

Thank you, Ursula! Your dragonfly-themed creation now holds a place of honour on a top shelf in our living room.

To see more of Ursula's creations, you can check out her website.